UBEC justifies BESDA to end out-of-school children menace


The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC has said that the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) initiative in Nigeria will reduce the number of out-of-school children.

The Head Public Relations and Protocol, David Apeh who made this known in a statement released to EduCeleb.com on Monday said the BESDA will also reduce illiteracy among school-age children in Nigeria.

He quoted the Deputy Executive Secretary, Dr. Isiaka Olayinka Kolawale as saying that the “BESDA programme will significantly promote system strengthening among states of the federation and therefore the target out-of-school children.”

Kolawale reportedly said so at the ongoing workshop on Financing Agreement and its Implementation Manual signed with State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) for legal officers of the Universal Basic Education Commission in Lagos.

He said, “BESDA programme will significantly promote system strengthening among States of the Federation and therefore target out-of-school children to ensure they taken off the street and place under proper school system.

The Deputy Executive Secretary stressed that the BESDA programme which is supported by World Bank is targeted at out-of-school children increase equitable Acess, improve literacy and strengthen Accountability for results in Basic Education delivery in Nigeria,” he said.

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EduCeleb.com had earlier reported that the World Bank funded BESDA initiative is from a $611 million loan to Nigeria.

It is meant to reduce the out-of-school children in 17 states across the country. This covers all states in the Northeast and Northwest along with Rivers, Ebonyi, and Oyo States.

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